The Cancer and Palliative Care Outcomes Centre (CPC) comprises established and emerging clinicians, researchers and educators from a range of health disciplines who are striving to improve the quality of health care provided to people across all stages of the cancer trajectory, as well as people living with a range of life-limiting conditions.

We are committed to positively influencing health outcomes and transforming the delivery of health care for all Australians, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, through our research and education programs.

What we do

Led by Centre Director, Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates AM, the Cancer and Palliative Care Outcomes Centre leads innovative research to improve health outcomes across four themes:

Palliative Care

Program Lead, Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates AM
The Palliative Care program comprises research to improve the quality of health care provided to people requiring palliative care at the end of life. Our research focuses on health services innovation, workforce development, innovation and implementation, and clinical and health services interventions.

Cancer Survivorship

Program Lead, Professor Ray Chan
The Cancer Survivorship program focuses on improving patient outcomes from the time of their diagnosis and for the rest of their life. Our research programs focus on developing and evaluating health innovations delivered by high-quality, sustainable health services that promote the best outcomes for patients.

Personalised Cancer Care

Program Lead, Associate Professor Kim Alexander
The Personalised Cancer Care program focuses on research designed to tailor health care to the unique needs of each person. We are researching predictive profiling and tailored interventions that inform decision-making for health services and the delivery of cancer treatment that is optimised for each individual.

Child and Youth Cancer and Palliative Care

Program Lead, Associate Professor Natalie Bradford
The Child and Youth Cancer and Palliative Care program focuses on working towards optimising the cancer care provided to children and adolescents. We are developing and evaluating cancer care tailored to the unique physical, social and emotional needs of young people, and working with health services to implement evidence-based practice.

Our leaders

Centre for Healthcare Transformation

The Cancer and Palliative Care Outcomes Centre is part of the Centre for Healthcare Transformation, a multidisciplinary health services research centre that brings together leading clinicians, health economists, statisticians and implementation scientists from a variety of fields, including nursing and other health sciences.

The Centre for Healthcare Transformation provides an opportunity to strengthen collaborations for improving health outcomes research, thereby strengthening the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for the benefit of patients, their carers, the community more broadly, and health service providers.